Zosterops palpebrosa   (Temminck)  (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Color: The upper plumage greenish golden-yellow, the concealed portions of the wings and tail dark brown; a white ring round the eye, emphasised in front and below by a black mark; chin and throat bright yellow; lower plumage greyish-white; under tail-coverts yellow; Iris yellow-brown; bill black, bluish-grey on base of lower mandible.

The bill is slender, curved and pointed.

Habits: Purely arboreal species which practically never descends to the ground. It is found indiscriminately in all types of country where there is sufficient tree growth. For breeding the White-Eye is found in small parties and in flocks, very active and busy little birds.

Nesting season: According to locality from January to September. Nest-little cup of tiny grass-stem coated exteriorly with cobwebs - slung like a miniature Oriole's nest not higher than 6 feet from the ground. Eggs- 2 to 4 egg, oval, very fine, delicate, pure pale blue or greenish-blue.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• The White-Eye (English)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Tinnakara INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Suheli INDIA (Record: 01/1987-04/1987)

Literature Source(s)
  • Mohan, RSL (1989) Some observations on the marine mammals and marine birds Marine living resources of the union territory of Lakshadweep: An indicative survey with suggestions for development Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 43 195-199 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/8213/1/Bulletin_No_43.pdf
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Natur Spot Available at - http://www.naturspot.de/eng/index.html
  • Whistler, H (1949) Popular handbook of Indian Birds Gurney and Jackson 542pp Available at - http://archive.org/stream/popularhandbooko033226mbp#page/n5/mode/2up

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